No matter your job, you likely do many of the same motions throughout your shift. Unfortunately, those repetitive physical movements can cause wear and tear on your muscles and joints over time.
Since no specific accident occurred to cause your injury, you may wonder if workers’ comp covers you.
Common causes of repetitive motion injuries
It’s no secret that repetitive motion injuries are a common problem in the workplace. These types of injuries are most commonly associated with jobs that involve repetitive motions, such as typing, assembly line work, and manual labor.
Some common causes of repetitive motion injuries include:
- Poor posture that comes from maintaining the same position for extended periods can place stress on certain parts of the body
- Awkward positions, such as reaching above the head or twisting frequently
- Performing the same motion over and over again can cause wear and tear on the body’s soft tissues, leading to injuries such as tendonitis, bursitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Exposure to vibrations from tools or machinery can cause tension and stress on the body
Supervisors need to ensure that staff are taking regular breaks. Additionally, ergonomic tools and equipment can help reduce the risk of developing these types of injuries.
If you begin to experience pain or discomfort while performing repetitive motions at work, it’s essential to speak with your supervisor and seek medical attention as soon as possible. In most cases, repetitive motion injuries are covered by workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. Therefore, if you suffer from a repetitive motion injury due to your job, you may be eligible for benefits such as medical care and lost wages.
You’ll need to provide evidence that your injury was work-related and caused by repeated motions over time. Working with someone who can guide you through the process can help ensure the best outcome for your claim.